Published On: Sat, Dec 21st, 2019

Jennifer Jones, a Romantic Hollywood Star

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Jennifer Jones, an Academy Award winning actress of the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood passed away on December 17, 2009 at the age of 90. According to an obituary in the New York Times, Jones died of natural causes at her home in Malibu, California.

Jennifer Jones received an Academy Award for the movie The Song of Bernadette (1943). Jones was also nominated for the Academy Award for her roles in Since You Went Away (1944), Love Letters (1945), Duel in the Sun (1946) and Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955).

It was Hollywood producer David O. Selznick who helped to launch Jones to stardom in Hollywood. Selznick is best known for the sweeping movie ‘Gone With the Wind” in 1939. Gone With the Wind was the Civil War epic that starred Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as the gallant villain Rhett Butler.

Jennifer Jones was born Phyllis Isley in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1919. Jones’ name was Phyllis Walker and she was married to actor Robert Walker when she met David O. Selznick, who was also married. Selznick and Jones each divorced their respective spouses and married each other in 1949. The couple was married until 1965, when Selznick died of a heart attack.

Jennifer Jones starred in Duel in the Sun, produced by Selznick, in 1946. Selznick also produced Portrait of Jennie in 1948 and Earnest Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms in 1957.

Jones married millionaire industrialist and art collector Norton Simon in 1971. The couple was married until 1993, when Simon passed away. After the death of her husband, Jennifer Jones transformed the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California with a $3 million renovation.

Jennifer Jones is survived by one son, Robert Walker, Jr. Her other son with Robert Walker, Michael Walker passed away in 2007. Her daughter with Selznick, Mary Jennifer Selznick, committed suicide in 1971 at the age of 22.

Jennifer Jones Movies

Jennifer Jones a Romantic Hollywood Star

Jennifer Jones won one Academy Award, for Song of Bernadette, and was nominated for four more. The nominations includes Since You Went Away, Love Letters, Duel in the Sun and Love is a Many Splendored Thing.

Oscar Win

Song of Bernadette (1943) – Jones won an Oscar for her role of Bernadette Soubrious, a young peasant girl who has a vision that she believes is the Virgin Mary.

Oscar Nominations

Since You Went Away(1944) – Claudette Colbert and Jennifer Jones star as women on the home front during World War II.
Love Letters (1945) – Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten costar in this romantic drama.
Duel in the Sun (1946) – Jones portrays a tempestuous half breed torn between the love of two brothers, one good and one bad. The movie also stars Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish and Walter Huston.
Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955) – Jones portrays a widowed doctor of Chinese and European descent who falls in love with an American correspondent (William Holden) during the Communist revolution in China.

Jennifer Jones Movies 1940’s and 1950’s

During the 1940’s and 1950’s Jennifer Jones also starred in Since You Went Away (1944), American Creed (1946), Cluny Brown (1946), Portrait of Jennie (1948), We Were Strangers (1949), Madame Bovary (1949), Gone to Earth (1950), The Wild Heart (1952), Stazione Termini (1953), Beat the Devil (1953), Good Morning Miss Dove (1955), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957), A Farewell to Arms (1957).

Jennifer Jones was one of the famous romantic heroines of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Most of her movies are in black and white. Some of the films can be found occasionally of classic television channels. Most, if not all, are available on DVD.

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